I finally cracked and signed up for a library card at my local. It was time. I have tried to be much more disciplined about buying books, especially since I tend to go through about one a week. It is a nasty little habit, right up there with enjoying good coffee. Perhaps nasty is too strong of a word, but you catch my drift when your pile of books to take and trade in gets to be a few feet high.
Which is why I am glad that I have a library card, and am learning their system so I can actually order books online from their lending system, and I am totally okay waiting for them to come in, as long as I have a few books at home on the go. I will openly admit that I feel better when I have a pile of "to read" books.
I am also using 'goodreads' to track some of the books I have read, and to troll for books that may be interesting to read in the near future. Since I have altered my reading habits, I am way more open to trying out new authors and types of books. Which seems to be either rewarding, or a bust.
So, after the very dark previous book, it was really nice to turn to one of my favourite authors for a break. Each of SAA's books are easy to read, I like the magical realism, and the characters are easy to warm up to. I like the blend of food, relationships, and earth magic. They make for whimsical stories that are a joy to read. I can't say the whole story sticks out and is life changing in the philosophical revelations that I explore as a result, but it captures more the feeling of her books being a quick, lovely read and a lovely escape to dive in to.
If you want a small taste of SAA's writing style, you can check out a short story that she has crafted as a teaser for her newest book. Click here for a copy of the PDF version of "Waking Kate." Alas, I only have one more book of hers to read before I have read them all. Then I will be waiting anxiously for her to write more.